I’m still not sure why Christian Fiction authors love the Amish so much, but I’m hooked now…
The bad news about there being so many novels about the Amish is that many of them are cookie cutters.
Which leads to my confession:
I am reading The Road Home by Tommy Tenney and Mark Andrew Olsen for the 4th time in 2 years.
Technically, I’ve listened to the audio book 3 times and currently I’m reading the print version. (The whole debate on audio books vs. printed books is a touchy subject among readers.)
The Road Home is one of the best Christian fiction books I have ever read. There’s depth and character development and no cheesiness.
Another plus is that the novel is a modern retelling of the Book of Ruth.
I don’t want to give anything away, but here’s the blurb:
For Naomi Kauffman Yoder, memories of a Pennsylvania Dutch childhood, abandoned roots, lost connections, and shattered dreams have left her with nothing but loneliness and regret. Now wracked with grief, she comes to a momentous decision…
For Ruth Escalante Yoder, daughter-in-law and friend to Naomi, she concludes that leaving Las Vegas is the only option left to her…
So begins their odyssey–a cross-country quest in Naomi’s creaky old Impala as she returns to her family farm in Lancaster County, to the values of a life once spurned.
Although never having seen the East before, Ruth too is looking for a place to call home. Will she find it among the slow, quiet rhythms of Pennsylvania farm country?
Doesn’t this story sound cool?!?
Let me know if you read the book. And, if you have any theories on why Christian authors love the Amish, I’d love to hear those too!